UN Women, the entity created by the United Nations in July 2010, is also known as the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
A directory of UN resources on gender and women’s issues.
Social Institutions and Gender Index (2012)
The Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) is a new composite measure of gender equality, based on the OECD’s Gender, Institutions and Development Database.
BREAKTHROUGH: Overcoming the Obstacles to Equality, Development and Peace (2009)
A Vital Voices review of the Beijing Women's Conference's (United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women) impact 15 years later.
The PAX World Women's Empowerment Platform
Resources on the return-on-investment for investing in women and girls.
Women and the Economy 2010
A report by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee that provides an overview of women's economic progress in the U.S. over the last 25 years.
A Roadmap for Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment
A United Nations Foundation and ExxonMobil report that details effective and promising interventions to increase earnings for women in different countries. Read an executive summary of "Benefits of Networks and Mentors," a forthcoming Vital Voices' study by Marguerite Berger, et al., on pages 65-66.
High Potentials in the Pipeline: Leaders Pay It Forward (2012)
A Catalyst report on leadership development and mentoring, "High Potentials" is the fifth report from Catalyst’s longitudinal project The Promise of Future Leadership: Highly Talented Employees in the Pipeline. The report finds that people who pay it forward experience greater advancement and higher compensation and that women pay it forward and to a greater extent than men.
DDI: “Women as Mentors: Does she or doesn't she?” (2012)
A study by Development Dimensions International which discusses how women benefit from mentoring and why more women should engage in mentoring relationships.
The Shriver Report (2014)
A multiplatform study analyzing the makeup of American families, specifically its significance for the economic status of women, and the failure of institutions to effectively deal with the cultural transformations impacting women and families. The report offers concrete solutions by thinkers, leaders and academics on how the nation can modernize its relationship to women. (Purchase required to read full report.)
Make Every Women Count Resources Page
Make Every Women Count's resources include information on women, peace and security, political participation, economic empowerment and violence against women, with a specific emphasis on Africa.
Gender at Work
Companion piece to the 2013 World Development Report on Jobs highlights significant forms of gender segregation in the world of work, constraints such as discriminatory laws or norms, exposure to violence, and insufficient access to education and skills-development that have significant consequences for women's work. The report also highlights the "business case" for investing in gender equity in the world of work, both for the public and private sectors.
Engendering Growth: Cultivating the Ecosystem of Support for Women Business Owners (2014)
A Vital Voices' report on the ecosystem of support for women business owners that is the result of surveys and mapping of 21 businesswomen's associations in Africa, LAC and MENA.
Women's Entrepreneurial Investment Scope (2013)
A Multilateral Investment Fund (IDB) report identifying different regions' strengths and challenges in supporting women's entrepreneurship. Use WEVentureScope to identify individual countries' performances, to compare countries' performances per category and to explore the relationships between index data.
Global Microscope on the Microfinance Business Environment (2013)
A Multilateral Investment Fund (IDB) in-depth analysis of the microfinance business environment in 55 countries worldwide. Read the report here.
Ready for Growth: Solutions to Increase Access to Finance for Women-Owned Businesses in the Middle East and North Africa (2013)
A Vital Voices' report that explores the needs and obstacles that women-owned businesses face in accessing finance. The report surveyed 431 women business owners across eight economies.
Women's Economic Opportunity Index
A ranking of economic opportunity for women in 113 countries.
International Labour Organization's publications, databases and statistics on gender equality.
Women in the Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing
A research-policy network with statistics and resources on women working in the informal economy.
Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Gender Activities
UNECE Gender Activities aims at mainstreaming gender into economic research and institutions.
Eldis Trade Policy Resource Guide
A development policy, practice and research group with full-text resources on trade and gender.
International Gender and Trade Network
A network providing technical information on trade policy-related issues.
Groundbreakers: Using the Strength of Women to Rebuild the World Economy (2009)
An Ernst & Young report on how women's economic empowerment and leadership can iimpact the global economy.
The Challenges of Productivity and Competitiveness of Women-Owned Enterprises in the Caribbean
An ILO commissioned study focusing on the competitiveness of women-owned enterprises in the Caribbean.
Women in the Labor Force: A Databook (2012)
United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics on women in the labor force.
The Business of Empowering Women: Where, Why and How
A report by McKinsey and Company making the case for the private sector to invest in women and developing countries.
McKinsey & Company: Women Matter 1 (2007)
"Gender Diversity: A Corporate Performance Driver" is a study conducted by McKinsey and Company suggesting that companies where women are strongly represented at the board or top-management level also perform the best.
McKinsey & Company: Women Matter 2 (2008)
"Female Leadership: A Competitive Edge for the Future" is report that looks at how women leaders contribute to improve corporate performance.
McKinsey & Company: Women Matter 3 (2010)
"Women at the Top of Corporations: Making It Happen" is a focused analysis on how to achieve gender diversity at top management.
McKinsey & Company: Global Survey
Moving Women to the Top
Statistics on Women at Work
The Bureau of Labor's statistics on Women at W.ork
Helpdesk Research Report
Measuring Women's Economic Empowerment
The Economist Intelligence Unit
The Women's Economic Opportunity Index 2010 report.
Resources, data, training and reports on gender and development
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
Text of the international treaty adopted in 1979 by the U.N. General Assembly.
UN Women Watch: Violence Against Women
A detailed list of U.N. reports and publications on gender-based violence.
UNIFEM Virtual Knowledge Center to End Violence Against Women and Girls
Studies and research on gender-based violence
Ending Violence Against Women and Human Trafficking: A Guide to New Strategies (2010)
A Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women paper authored Stephenie Foster, senior advisor to Vital Voices, and Cindy Dyer, senior director for human rights.
World Health Organization: Quality of Life Brief
The brief measures the following broad domains: physical health, psychological health, social relationships, and environment.
U.S. State Department: Trafficking in Persons Report (2013)
A comprehensive, up-to-date report published every year assessing human trafficking on a global level used worldwide by organizations, governments and NGOs to determine where resources are most needed.
International Organization for Migration: The Causes and Consequences of Re-trafficking: Evidence from the IOM Human Trafficking Database (2010)
A report on the incidence, cause and consequence of re-trafficking.
ILO: The Cost of Coercion (2009)
A follow-up to the ILO's 2005 report "A Global Alliance Against Forced Labour," the report sets out the current challenges facing the key actors and institutions involved in a global alliance against forced labor.
One of the largest anti-trafficking organizations in the U.S., Polaris Project combats modern day slavery and human trafficking.
UN Women Watch: Women in Power and Decision Making
A directory of U.N. resources on women in governance and policy making.
UNIFEM: Governance, Peace and Security
Publications and statistics on democratic governance and women's participation in political institutions.
Inter-Parliamentary Union Database
An excellent source for books and articles on women in politics.
Advocacy & Running for Office: A Training Manual
A Vital Voices toolkit edited by Stephenie Foster.
NDI: Increasing Women's Political Participation Through Effective Training Programs (2013)
The National Democratic Institute's guide to best practices and lessons learned to program design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.